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National emancipation display set for Van-Far

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 8:00 am

Area residents are invited to see a one-of-a-kind national exhibit that is coming to Van-Far High School this weekend.
On Saturday, November 14, Van-Far High School will host “Emancipation and Its Legacies,” a nation traveling exhibition on display. It will be on display the same time of the Van-Far Character+ Holiday Craft Fest held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the gym.
Students will also be able to view it during classes on Monday and Tuesday.
A press release for the exhibit notes that the end of slavery in the United States as the most important turning point in American constitutional, political, and social history. The legacies of emancipation will be with the country forever, forcing citizens to face what they believe they are as a people.
Developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, “Emancipation and Its Legacies” marks the sesquicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
The exhibition is divided into five panels:
• “Conflicting Visions of the Future of the United States: 1850-1860;
• “War and Fugitive Slaves 1861-1862;
• “1863;”
• “Emancipation;”
• “The Process of Emancipation”
• “1864-1865;”
• “The Legacy of Emancipation”• “Civil War to Civil Rights, 1865-1964”
Drawing on letters, personal accounts, images and other documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, each section traces the major events that led to emancipation.
“We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Van-Far teacher Holly Jungers. “Through reproductions of documents, photographs, and posters, the exhibition invites visitors to learn about emancipation through the eyes of individuals. Through Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago, people today can still identify with the dreams and hopes of the people freed by that document, and the promise it held for them. We hope that his exhibition will help visitors better understand the human history and legacy of freedom and emancipation.”